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Imperial Treasures of Russia

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Imperial Treasures of Russia

From £3,599 pp

Cruise along Europe’s longest river, the Volga, linking Russia’s two greatest cities, staying three nights each at hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg.

You’ll begin in the capital, exploring Red Square and the Kremlin, before embarking the MS Volga Dream for a captivating cruise towards Peter the Great’s majestic city on the Baltic Sea.

Along the way you will visit Uglich, with its eye-catching scarlet church; Yaroslavl, with its UNESCO-listed historic centre; the medieval monastery at Goritsy; and Kizhi Island in the middle of beautiful Lake Onega. In the former Tsarist capital of St Petersburg you’ll discover the treasures of the fabulous Hermitage Museum, the splendid Peterhof Gardens and Catherine Palace, home to the incomparable Amber Room.

An unforgettable journey through the heart of Russia!

What’s Included:

  • 6 night cruise on the MS Volga Dream & 6 Nights in Hotels
  • All meals on board your cruise, Breakfast in hotel stays plus Lunch on days 11 & 12
  • Welcome refreshments, Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Evening Gala Dinner
  • Local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour coffee station, complimentary tea, coffee & snacks
  • Daily bottle of water on board cruise
  • Excellent service levels from the hand-picked fluently English-speaking staff
  • All entertainment plus lectures by Russian professors and various on board activities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • 13 excursions and visits
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions in Moscow & St Petersburg
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Check-in service by Titan Staff
  • International return flights
  • Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
  • Porterage
  • All port taxes, security charges, and fuel surcharges included
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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg
Day 1 - UK to Moscow

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Moscow.

On arrival, we will transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel (5T) or Ararat Park Hyatt (5T).

Day 2 Moscow

If Russia is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” as Churchill famously said, then Moscow presents an intriguing starting point for cultural discovery. See the city’s most iconic sights (as well as some under-the-radar secrets) with a savvy local expert, both above ground and below. Glamorous, grand, gorgeous and sometimes maddening, Moscow is Russia’s principal city. Founded in 1156, it was the capital of the medieval nation. Moscow lost its status as capital to St. Petersburg under Peter the Great, but it never lost its significance to Russia, and it has reestablished its dominance over the nation’s culture, politics and economy during the past century.

Choice of Panoramic City Tour or Moscow “Do as the Locals Do”
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening. Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

Day 2 Moscow

Breakfast

Day 3 - Moscow

Adventures await with a whole day in Moscow to explore on your own. Spend the day in Moscow exploring on your own. Return to yesterday’s favorite sites or discover new treasures in this world-class city.

You could visit the Pushkin Literary Museum to learn more about Russia’s most famous poet or tour one of the houses in which Leo Tolstoy lived.

Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll along Kuznetsky Most, which for centuries has hosted Moscow’s most fashionable shops. Shuttles will run from the ship to the city center for your convenience.

Day 3 - Moscow

Breakfast

Day 4 - Moscow

On today’s excursion to a beautiful Golden Ring city deep in the Russian countryside, you’ll encounter the scene of a centuries-old murder mystery that has become the stuff of legend. While cruising through the 80-mile (128-kilometer) Moscow Canal, you’ll get your first glimpse of rural Russia on your way to Uglich.

The canal links the Moskva with the Volga, and its banks near Moscow are lined with bucolic recreation areas that locals enjoy in the summer months. Heading north on the Volga, you’ll come to one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, as the group of towns that played significant roles in Russian history are known. As you approach the delightful and picturesque town of Uglich in the afternoon, be prepared for a panorama of magnificent architectural monuments.

Choice of Uglich “Do as the Locals Do” tour or Walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood

Day 4 - Moscow

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Yaroslavl, Cruising Lake Rybinsk

Credit for Yaroslavl’s well-designed, UNESCO-protected city center goes to none other than Catherine the Great, who was even more than a mighty Russian ruler—she was a forward-thinking urban planner as well.

Visit an Orthodox church and a lively market, then kick back aboard a scenic lake cruise. Often called the “Russian Florence” and considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring, Yaroslavl stretches for miles along the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi rivers.

Featured Excursion:
Yaroslavl city tour

Day 5 - Yaroslavl, Cruising Lake Rybinsk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Goritsy (Kirillov), Cruising Lake Onega

Beyond Russia’s major cities lies a completely different world—the fabled land of Mother Russia, celebrated for centuries in art, songs and great works of literature. Explore two rural villages today for an authentic and unforgettable glimpse of everyday life in a Russian provence. Two tiny villages are your destination today. Goritsy, a farming settlement on the Sheksna River, and Kirillov, which may be small but has extraordinary churches linked to the tsars.

Choice of A visit to Saint Cyrill on the White Lake Monastery or Goritsy “Village Day”

Later, relax onboard as your ship cruises through the second-largest lake in Europe. Fed by 58 rivers, Lake Onega has 1,369 islands and is bordered by the Republic of Karelia on the west, north and east, and by Leningrad Oblast and Vologda Oblast on the south. A great inland sea that creates its own weather, just as the Great Lakes in the United States do, its shores are lined with birch forests. You may think this wild and beautiful country is uninhabitable—and indeed it has few inhabitants—but people have lived along these shores for thousands of years, as petroglyphs carved into the granite on the eastern shore attest.

Day 6 - Goritsy (Kirillov), Cruising Lake Onega

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Kizhi Island, Cruising the Svir River

To approach the wooden Church of Transfiguration from the water, with its multitude of shingled onion domes and unmistakable silhouette, can be, well, a transformative experience.

Step ashore for an up-close view of this incredible church—built without a single nail—and explore the island’s famous open-air museum and its 89 traditional wooden structures. Kizhi Island, which seemingly floats between sky and water in the midst of Lake Onega, is home to one of Russia’s iconic sights, the all-wood Church of Transfiguration.

Choice of Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture or “Let’s Go” village and island nature hike

Day 7 - Kizhi Island, Cruising the Svir River

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Cruising the Svir River, Mandrogi, Cruising Lake Ladoga

Travel back in time to the 19th century at a reconstructed Russian village populated by talented artisans who make handmade items using old-world materials and techniques. Other highlights today include a rustic shashlik picnic lunch onshore and a cruise on a pristine freshwater lake. A reconstructed village on the shore of the Svir River, Mandrogi illustrates the traditions and lifestyles of Russia’s past.

Choice of Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore or Exploring crafts stores and watching artisans at work or “Let’s Go” village hik
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Later, your ship cruises along the southern shores of Lake Ladoga, a vast freshwater inland sea that was once connected to the Baltic Sea. Islands dot the water while forested nature preserves and beaches line the shores. Relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 8 - Cruising the Svir River, Mandrogi, Cruising Lake Ladoga

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - St. Petersburg

With its grand Italian architectures and austere Nordic setting, St. Petersburg is a city of canals, palaces and cathedrals that presents a glorious juxtaposition of East and West. See the sights by land as well as water, then experience an art form that is quintessentially Russian—an evening at the ballet. The brainchild of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was built on 42 islands on the Neva delta, in what was essentially a swamp. The tsar lavished on it all the might, ambition and money at his disposal, importing the finest architects from Italy, the greatest decorative artists and the most celebrated painters: The result is an extraordinarily beautiful city.

Featured Excursion:
Russian ballet performance
Choice of Glorious Saint Petersburg: panoramic highlights tour & canal cruise or St. Petersburg “Do as the Locals Do” tour with canal cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood visit

Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

Day 9 - St. Petersburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - St Petersburg

Cross the threshold of the summer residence of the tsars—the lavishly decorated Catherine Palace—where you’ll see opulent staterooms and the near mythic Amber Room, meticulously restored to its former glory.
Dine on traditional Russian fare at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. On your second day in St. Petersburg, you’ll enjoy a guided tour through splendid Catherine Palace and Park. Once the summer residence of the tsars, it is a masterwork of rococo architecture. Then, spend the rest of your day on your own exploring more of this beautiful city or join a tour to Peterhof Gardens—a treat for anyone interested in landscape design.

Featured Excursion:
Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin

Day 10 - St Petersburg

Breakfast

Day 11 - St Petersburg

Spend your last day in St. Petersburg at what many experts consider the finest art museum in the world, the legendary Hermitage, a former residence of the tsars that’s now home to a massive and mind-boggling collection of priceless works of art. Your final day in St. Petersburg finds you with an appropriately imperial excursion: a guided tour through the world-famous Hermitage Museum. It is the crown jewel of the city and is located in the former home of the tsars, the Winter Palace.

Featured Excursion:
Hermitage Museum
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 11 - St Petersburg

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 12 - St Petersburg (Disembark)

You have sampled culinary delights, explored history and experienced the best of life along the Volga River. Now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship.

If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Pulkovo International Airport for your flight home.

Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

Breakfast

Volga Dream - Moscow

When it comes to luxury river cruises in Russia, the Volga Dream offers an unprecedented level of luxury, as well as the finest accommodation, delicious food, best service and care in the industry. The advent of the boutique VOLGA DREAM reveals the tsarist-era luxury and provides superior service, installing the ship as the class of the waterway. With 60 crew members and a capacity for just over 100 passengers, the ship has the lowest passenger-to-crew ratio among Russian river cruise ships. With so few guests amid the ship’s spacious arrangement, it feels like sailing aboard a private yacht. You’ll find no hassle disembarking at the various ports of call, no delays at mealtime. Our trip is mostly suitable and recommended for those, who appreciate serene atmosphere to reinvigorate inner resources and emotional state. The visitors, who feel vim and vigor for new adventures, enjoying the Russian river cruises with us, will also be pleasantly surprised.

Russia’s first luxury river cruise ship, featuring the latest technology and superior service, the 314-foot VOLGA DREAM offers what no other Russian cruises can: cosmopolitan comfort amid the greater rural envisions. Being all about personal approach, the Volga Dream cruise in Russia offers the most exquisite experiences as you explore the hauntingly beautiful regions of this enigmatic country.

MS Volga Dream - Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

• Restaurant
• Bar and Lounge, Large Panoramic views and Evening Pianist
• Afternoon tea served daily
• Cooking Demonstrations
• Russian Language lessons
• Documentary Films
• Tchaikovski and Rachmaninov piano concerts
• Matrioshka painting classes
• Russian costumed dinner with vodka tasting.
• Library
• Fitness center & Sauna
• Wifi

Accommodations & Amenities

Stay in one of the elegantly appointed 50 Staterooms Located over 4 decks.

On the upper 2 decks – Promenade and Sun, you will find spacious Junior Suites and luxurious forward looking Owner’s Suite, which has a private terrace and separate exit to the open deck.

All cabins are equipped with private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, direct dial telephone, satellite flat screen television and minibar. Additional comforts provided include bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom accessories kit, bottled water (replenished daily) and welcome fruit basket.

Owner’s Suite

260 ft² – Sun Deck

  • Private Wraparound Terrace
  • Large Picture Window
  • Seating area with armchairs, sofa and desk
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Spacious Wardrobe
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome Fruit Basket

Junior Suites

Deluxe Junior Suite 170 ft² – Sun Deck

Junior Suite 158 ft² – Sun Deck

  • Large Picture Window
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Spacious Wardrobe
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome Fruit Basket

Deluxe Staterooms

Double 122 ft² – Promenade Deck

Twin 126 ft² – Sun Deck

  • Large Picture Window
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Spacious Wardrobe
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome Fruit Basket

Superior Staterooms

114 ft² – Main Deck

  • Large Picture Window
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Spacious Wardrobe
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome Fruit Basket

Standard Cabin

101 ft² – Cabin Deck

  • Porthole Window
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Spacious Wardrobe
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome Fruit Basket

Single

Deluxe Single 81ft² – Sun Deck

Standard Single 69ft² – Promenade Deck

  • Large Picture Window
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Spacious Wardrobe
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome Fruit Basket
MS Volga Dream - Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 31Volga DreamSt Petersburg£4799Cabin Upgrades
Cabin DeckStandard Twin101 ft², PortholesSold  
Main DeckSuperior Twin114 ft², Panoramic WindowsSold  
Promenade DeckDeluxe Double122 ft², Panoramic WindowsSold  
Sun DeckDeluxe Twin126 ft², Panoramic Windows£4799  
Promenade / Sun DeckJunior Suite141ft², Panoramic Windows£  
Jul 4Volga DreamMoscow£4149Cabin Upgrades
Cabin DeckStandard Twin101 ft², PortholesSold  
Main DeckSuperior Twin114 ft², Panoramic Windows£4149  
Promenade DeckDeluxe Double122 ft², Panoramic Windows£4549  
Sun DeckDeluxe Twin126 ft², Panoramic Windows£4749  
Promenade / Sun DeckJunior Suite141ft², Panoramic Windows£  
Aug 9Volga DreamMoscow£3599Cabin Upgrades
Cabin DeckStandard Twin101 ft², Portholes£3599  
Main DeckSuperior Twin114 ft², Panoramic Windows£4199  
Promenade DeckDeluxe Double122 ft², Panoramic Windows£4599  
Sun DeckDeluxe Twin126 ft², Panoramic Windows£4799  
Promenade / Sun DeckJunior Suite141ft², Panoramic Windows£  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visa is not included, please call for details

• 31 May 2019 departure sails in reverse from St Petersburg to Moscow – please call for details.


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

One of the main differences between this and other Russian Waterways cruises is that you stay in centrally located hotels, rather than on the ship, in both Moscow and St Petersburg.

As the docking locations for the ships are a bit out of the centres of these two cities you are therefore better placed to explore, either on your own or as part of the organized tours.

The Volga Dream is one of the smaller vessels on the Russian waterways with a passenger complement of 109, around half that of most others. providing for a much more intimate experience.

Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay.

Titan are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements.  As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveler do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travelers onboard with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability.

As a long established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable river cruising.

Your fellow travelers on board will be from the UK and Ireland.

We have worked with Titan and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish.  Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.

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